A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest:
FARM ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS: Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and state Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp are encouraging Iowans to nominate farmers for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. The award recognizes farmers who have taken voluntary action to improve or protect Iowa’s environment and natural resources. Farmers who are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms and incorporated best management practices into their operations. Nominations are due by June 15. Winners will be recognized on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair. The nomination form, along with a list of previous awardees, can be found at iowaagriculture.gov.
HERKY TRIUMPHANT: University of Iowa students, staff and faculty on Tuesday filled the Capitol for the annual Hawkeye Caucus Day to showcase the university’s commitment to statewide service. More than 50 students shared their stories with lawmakers and UI programs showcased their work in flood protection, health care, wind energy, the arts, sciences and humanities. (James Q. Lynch/The Gazette)
QUOTE OF NOTE: “I think you know the Racing and Gaming Commission has a real problem with Cedar Rapids because they think we’re cannibals. We are not cannibals. We are not trying to eat up Eastern Iowa.” — Sen. Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids, in discussing a gubernatorial appointee to the commission up for confirmation. Horn, who is retiring after 46 years in the Legislature, told committee members the latest estimate he has received is that he has cast about 215,000 votes during his time at the Statehouse.